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Former attorney general named SFU president

Andrew Petter to take the reins in Sept.

The new president of Simon Fraser University is no stranger to the academic world. Andrew Petter, former dean of the University of Victoria law school and a former attorney general of B.C., takes over as SFU president on Sept. 1. Petter was selected following an international search.

The 56-year-old says his first goal for the Burnaby, B.C.-based institution will be to build on its “diversity and combination of strengths as one of Canada’s leading universities.” As well as serving as professor and dean in the law faculty at UVic, Petter was a two-term New Democrat MLA, from 1991 to 2001. He held several powerful cabinet posts ranging from minister of finance to attorney general, minister of health and minister of aboriginal affairs.

The Canadian Press